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"Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go."
- William Feather

Success is larger in the arms of God with His blessings.
Even so, you must work out your own soul salvation through your faith.
- Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy
November 8

German hymn, c. 1800
Translated by Edward Caswall, 1814–1878
I will extol the Lord at all times: His praise will always be on my lips. (Psalm 34:1)
Forms of worship services vary according to the cultural backgrounds, personalities, and traditions of the believers. Some Christians feel that true worship is best achieved when it is conducted in a structured, liturgical, and meditative setting. Other believers prefer a more free, spontaneous, informal praise and testimony type of service. Forms of worship are not important in themselves. In fact, a variety of worship forms is healthy within the evangelical community. However, we must never get so caught up in the forms and means of worship that we fail to focus on the object of all worship—the praise of Jesus Christ!
One of the important sources of English hymnody is the wealth of worthy hymns translated from earlier Greek, Latin, and German sources during the mid 19th century. Many English writer…

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”Isaiah 9:6 NASB

Today we light the Prophesy candle. Just as we have to wait for Christmas morning, those who first heard Isaiah’s prophesy had to wait for its fulfillment. Their wait, of course, was much longer and more painful than ours. The purpose of this candle in the Advent calendar is more than drawing attention to the wait, it is to remind us that the Incarnation was not a divine afterthought—God intended to become man and redeem the world with His precious blood from before time. Rev. 13:8 refers to Jesus as “the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” (NIV)

Isaiah says that the child “will be born to us.” With that phrase, he affirms the humanity of Jesus. But he says more than just that—he also writes, “a son will be given to us.” The addition of the second …